KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Agco has filled a gap in its machinery lineup with an air seeder and drill.
The company that began 21 years ago as an ensemble of short-line farm equipment manufacturers now has a lineup of field tools that fills nearly every spot on a western Canadian farm’s machinery roster.
Under the Sunflower banner, the company has added another short-line machinery face to its line through a partnership with Amity Technology of Fargo, North Dakota.
Originally known as the speed drill, the product of fertile farming minds in Australia, a single disc drill design was taken up by Amity earlier in the century. Now that drill is the basis for a new international air seeder line by Agco.
The Amity single disc can be found at Agco dealers bearing the Sunflower 9800 moniker in 30, 40 and 50 foot widths and is still capable of precision seed placement at up to 13 m.p.h., says Jack Oberlander.
Amity’s Oberlander joined Agco staff to release information on the new partnership and drill in Kansas City, Missouri, last week.
Tom Draper of Agco said the drill fills a niche in the company’s lineup and gives their dealers in the Great Plains and Prairies a new tool for small grains and oilseed producers.
Getting seed and fertilizer to the rapid rolling drill is the all-stainless steel Amity air cart. The Sunflower 9900 series air seeder unit is available as a twin tank 335 or 280 bushel con-f i g u rat i o n and a triple tank 525 bushel machine.
Metering is controlled by electric over hydraulic systems that drive one of four different meter-rollers for very coarse to very fine seeds.
“There is virtually no seed that I can think of that this machine can’t plant and, with the ability to put fertilizer down with both seed and on its own with optional mid-row banding, it will fit into most operations in the western region,” he said.
The Amity-branded carts have an optional fertilizer tender wagon and a 35 bushel small seed or legume inoculant tank.
“We’ll see down the road about those becoming available on the Sunflower machines. We are working towards those things. The 60 foot width is something we’re looking at too,” said Draper.
The Amity version is available in a larger machine.
The drill and air cart were part of a 15 product release of new machinery by the Georgia based company.
Look for more on the new Massey combines, White planters, Rogator and Terragator application tools and Hesston hay equipment in coming editions ofThe Western Producer.